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There has been a lot of talk about the Confederate flag since the Charleston shooting. On one side, there are people who somehow believe that it shouldn’t be seen a symbol of hate and racism, but a marker of “Southern pride.” And of course, there are the rest of us who don’t understand the first group, and know that the flag represents the history and pains of slavery, the remnants of which we are still living with today. But as they say, talk is cheap.

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While many of us have been out here getting flustered and talking each other’s ears off, a local Black female educator took matters into her own hands. At 6:30 a.m. local time, Bree Newsome climbed the South Carolina flagpole and removed the Confederate flag.

Newsome, who is an activist, was arrested for her actions, but she is being championed as a hero by many who are for taking the flag down. (Although the police have already ordered it to be replaced.)

Considering that many Charleston victims funerals have been happening yesterday and will happen this weekend, it is an especially wonderful resistance gesture. That being said, we hope that Newsome is kept safe and comes out of this unscathed.


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